Updated: Aug. 5, 2014
Eric Rudder is executive vice president of Advanced Strategy, responsible for cross-company technology initiatives for all Microsoft devices and services.
Previously, Rudder served as Chief Technical Strategy Officer, and managed Microsoft Research, one of the world's premier computer science research organizations, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing group, Technology Policy group, Startup Business group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures team. Prior to that role, Rudder served as senior vice president of Server and Tools and was responsible for leading the company's outreach to the developer community. Rudder and his team delivered the overall programming model for the .NET platform and created the best tools for the developer and designer communities.
Rudder also served as vice president of Technical Strategy working directly with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the company’s technical planning. His past roles at Microsoft have spanned networking, operating systems and developer tools in both leadership and technical capacities.
Rudder grew up in New York and graduated with honors from Brown University in 1988. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He is active in several charitable organizations, including Youth Theater Northwest.